I have come to the realization that if I want to learn anything about being human it will not be from Western man and that the smartest thing to do is to examine my cultural heritage as it is the oldest on the planet. If I accept Western evolutionary constructs, it is during the era that people that would come to be identified as Afrikans, were the only beings on the planet and it is through them that people transition into human beings, and civilization was built.
I will no longer allow myself to be fooled by the outer appearances and the fancy words of Western civilization. They cannot monopolize truth, knowledge, or even science for me anymore. Their behaviors, their duplicity, hypocrisy, their wanton destruction of peoples, cultures, and Nature has bankrupted them in my eyes. I am impressed with their technology but I am so completely and utterly dismayed by their level of inhumanity. Does it matter how tall your buildings are, how fast your transportation, how many things you can invent, if the quality of human life, of us sharing and caring for each other is absent from living? Afrikan thought stresses communalism—the sharing and caring. Why? Because these are the markers of the human being. While Western man attacks communalism extolling individualism, he unwittingly has returned people to functioning on the level of the animal. Of course not all animals, but particularly the predators. Look at how Western man is always comparing human beings to animals—“Are you a man or a mouse,” “A dog is a man's best friend,” “The world is a rat race,” It's a dog eat dog world”—all of this reflects the Western gestalt.
This is not how Afrikans conceptualize human beings. One of the greatest storytellers in the ancient world was an Afrikan, Aethiop or Aesop, whose fables have become legendary. But if you look at his fables, what is he actually doing? He is establishing and teaching about humanity by contrasting the two, animals and humanity. He is reifying our humanity not simply telling fables. But most importantly, Aesop did not make up these fable but was conveying the wisdom tradition of his people—the Kemeyu and the Nubians.
So human being, conceived as divine beings by our ancestors have been reduced to predatory beings, animals, by our conquerors. Yes, our conquerors: We forget that we are a conquered people because of those fancy Western words like democracy, freedom, and individualism. We think our freedom came with the end of colonialism and chattel enslavement but the worldview and cultural reality created by white supremacy are still in place, most securely in our minds and hearts, and we act upon them everyday when we distrust ourselves, deny our abilities, ape Western standards of beauty, adopt him sexual mores, embrace all that is non-Afrikan. All this proves or better demonstrates that we are a conquererd people.
We are sleeping giants. Enslaved without chains but nevertheless not free. We must stop believing that the white man and now, the Asian's ice is colder. Here's a short story from our Aesop:
A father had a family of sons who were perpetually quarreling among themselves. When he failed to heal their disputes by his exhortations, he determined to give them a practical illustration of the evils of disunion; and for this purpose he one day told them to bring him a bundle of sticks. When they had done so, he placed the faggot into the hands of each of them in succession, and ordered them to break it in pieces. They tried with all their strength, and were not able to do it. He next opened the faggot, took the sticks separately, one by one, and again put them into his sons' hands, upon which they broke them easily. He then addressed them in these words: "My sons, if you are of one mind, and unite to assist each other, you will be as this faggot, uninjured by all the attempts of your enemies; but if you are divided among yourselves, you will be broken as easily as these sticks."